Sharing the COP15 Experience

Yesterday, the VLS delegation to Copenhagen reported back to the law school community about the COP15 negotiations and their experience at the climate conference.  Attached is a slide show sharing their adventures with you in pictures, enjoy!  COP15 Experience in Pictures



Happy Human Rights Day!

On this day in 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  To celebrate the anniversary of this historic text and the principles it proclaims, several leaders in the human rights field gave a panel presentation today at COP15.  Panelists included Martin Wagner of Earthjustice and Ulrich Holstein of the U.N. Human Rights Council, as…
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Air Pollution and Climate Change: In Search of Co-Benefits

Since I’m getting ready to teach Air Pollution Law & Policy again this spring, I was keenly interested in hearing about the linkages between conventional air pollution and climate change.  So, I joined another packed session and heard representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, and Clean Air Task Force give fascinating presentations…
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IPCC Soundly Rebukes Climate Deniers

Today, key members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the organization providing the scientific foundation for these climate talks) offered a panel presentation today in which they gave an overflowing room an update on their scientific research and a preview of what to expect in the hotly anticipated 5th Assessment Report (forthcoming 2013) as well as…
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Most Vulnerable Nations Call for Financing Reforms

After a somewhat sleepy day yesterday, the discussions at COP15 are picking up in passion and intensity.  In this morning’s Plenary I (a meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation or SBI), one of the main topics was the status of the Global Environment Facility, i.e., one of the most important mechanisms for financing climate-related projects…
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The Truth About Cap-and-Trade

Three cheers for Lesley McAllister! In a recent article, this empirically-minded law professor explains why so many cap-and-trade programs have not made any dent in the emissions they were meant to control (34 Colum. J. Envtl. L. 395, 2009). Ever since I read this article a few weeks ago, I have been pondering its implications…
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The View from Coal Country

The conversation about climate change revolves to a great extent around coal-fired power plants in the U.S., China, and around the world because of their enormous emissions of carbon dioxide and the alarming rate at which new plants are being proposed and constructed. Today was a day for absorbing many of the other ugly truths…
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Pre-conference thoughts

I am very excited to be heading to Copenhagen next month with some really outstanding Vermont Law School students. We have been preparing for this for months, and we are all on the edge of our seats. We want to know whether world leaders are committed to getting climate change under control or not, and we think this is the moment in history when that will become clear.


11 Days and Counting …

It’s hard to believe the climate conference is about to begin. For the past several months, we’ve been studying the issues, making our travel plans, coordinating with colleagues, and making connections with other like-minded groups and individuals. Indeed, the email traffic has been fast and furious, with articles, reports, commentaries, predictions, and speculations flying about…
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